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A letter from Karla Koll serving in Costa Rica
SEPTEMBER 2015 - why costa rica?
I have heard this question frequently in the two years since I moved from Guatemala to San Jose. The simple answer is: The Latin American Biblical University is here. There is, however, much more about Costa Rica that makes it an important and fascinating place for God’s mission today. This tiny Central American country with a population of just over 4 million provides a unique location from which to analyze what is happening in the world and how we are called to respond as followers of Jesus Christ. In this small geographic space of 19,700 square miles many of the contradictions of the global economic system can be seen.
After a brief civil war Costa Rica abolished its army in 1949. Without a military to claim a large portion of the national budget, Costa Rica had money to spend on education and healthcare for its citizens. As a result, both literacy levels and life expectancy in Costa Rica are among the highest in Latin America. Costa Ricans are very proud of their public institutions, such as the social security system that provides nearly universal health care. While the rest of the countries in the region suffered under military governments for several decades, Costa Rica enjoyed a stable democracy. As the global arms trade continues unabated to the tune of nearly 60 billion dollars a year and military spending around the world reaches an annual level of 1.7 trillion dollars, Costa Rica stands as a reminder of the things that make for peace.Continue reading
A letter from Sarah Henken serving as Regional Liaison for the Andean Region, based in Colombia
july 2015 - the cost of discipleship
The cold knot of dread in the pit of my stomach grew heavier as I read through the letter. For the first time in nine years supporting the struggle for peace with justice alongside the Presbyterian Church of Colombia, I was frightened.
In many ways the letter was nothing new; the panfleto is a despicable and all too common form of public intimidation employed by Colombia’s neo-paramilitary organizations. This one used hateful, violent language to declare all members of human rights organizations, unions, and progressive political parties to be military targets, who should “begin to leave the country or hide like rats” because the self-proclaimed enforcers of a strict public order were going to pick them off one by one. Of the 30-some individuals named, I know about a dozen personally, including several friends and colleagues who have been threatened before, and one who is new to this dubious recognition.Continue reading
A letter from Choon Lim serving as Regional Liaison for East Asia, based in South Korea
september 2015 - repent, forgive, reconcile
On September 13, 2015, the Presbyterian Church of Korea (PRK) and the Presbyterian Church of the Republic of Korea (PROK) will meet to celebrate their 100th General Assembly at Imjingak near the DMZ. It will be my honor to present to that gathering the following reflections on Ephesians 2:14-16.
Repent, Forgive and Reconcile to Be Peacemakers
“Being in Imjingak brings to mind many memories. I lived in Ilsan, near here, before I immigrated to the United States. I was born in Nampo, North Korea, and my mother, elder brother and I came to Ilsan without my father during the Korean War. Since then I have not seen my father. My family lost all their properties and I lost my father. Here I saw Freedom Bridge in1953 when 12,773 Korean War prisoners crossed this bridge and returned to South Korea. Here I saw the Steam Train that went from Pyongyang from Gaesung with military supplies. As Chinese soldiers became involved in the Korean War, the train came to Changdan station in the DMZ. In 2004 it was moved to this place. Here I heard the Peace Bell that rang out 21 times on January 1, 2000, wishing for peace in the 21st century. Most of all, here you can see many separated families who come to pray and to tie yellow ribbons on the border fence wishing for Korean reunification. Today we gather in this historic place to worship God together. For me, this is a very moving and meaningful worship service.Continue reading
A letter from Cindy Morgan serving in Bangladesh
august 28, 2015 - out of the boat, into the waves
“Lord, if it is you, tell me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come."
Matthew 14: 28, 29
Dear Friends and Family,
Serving in a country where women are often rendered voiceless and invisible is leading me deeper into the struggles faced by girls living in the slums and on the streets of Dhaka. But the farther I step out into these turbulent waters, the harder it is to keep my head above water. What I am hearing and seeing is threatening to pull me under.Continue reading
A letter from Tim and Gloria Wheeler serving in Honduras
september 2015 - presbyterian day in trinidad
Nearing the end of our mission assignment in Honduras, we are mindful of many reflections during this year of transition.
We have a deep sense of gratitude for having been given the opportunity to serve in the way we have over many years. What better way to put into action our beliefs and theological understandings than to serve as mission personal under World Mission, and in this way serve others! We have been able to touch and see Christ and a new world unfolding around us in the lives of people and in communities. At the same time we have been challenged by the enormity of the tasks but encouraged and nurtured by the people around us. Gloria and I have felt a special tug from the downtrodden, the lonely and excluded, those who have had no reason to hope for a better future or a tangible way of achieving it until they have been touched by what God wants for us all, a practical and direct way of working in community, based on sharing that which we have to achieve a better human existence both physically and spiritually.Continue reading
Thank You and Your Family for serving God by taking His word so far from Your Home.
God is doing his work and using us a tools in other nations.during my working here in Athens i observed that there are many oppertunities to share the Gospel massage with other those do not know Jesus and we can bring them to Jesus Christ.Please prayer for me that i'm a very littel to that God is using me here in Athens Greece. God bless you.